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Member of Parliament for Bekwai, Joseph Osei Owusu also known as Joe Wise has teased the Minority in Parliament for presuming the absense of two of their members in Parliament last Friday was going to be at the NDC’s advantage.

He has indicated that, the absence of Sarah Adwoa Safo of Dome Kwabenya and the Member of Parliament for Kumawu, Philip Basoah was not really a cause for jubilation from the other side as many presumed since the injuncted James Gyakye Qyason of Assin North placed them both on an equal pedestal.

Speaking with Captain Smart on Onua Maakye Monday, March 27, 2023, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament said “two of our members were absent and they had Gyakye Quayson not coming so ‘yɛn nyinaa y’abro pɛpɛɛpɛ’ to wit we are equally drunk.

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Meanwhile, Mr. Osei Owusu has been asking Ghanaians not to trust politicians with their words.

According to him, the Minority were so confident of rejecting the ministerial approval without even having the numbers to do so.

He said “in politics, the talking is usually more than our actions so you shouldn’t be intimidated by what we say.”

Commenting on the outcome of Friday’s ministerial approval in Parliament, the MP said people should factor the legal backing of the utterances of politicians before attaching some credibility to it.

He said Ghanaians should have questioned the Minority the number of eligible voters on the issue and the those on their side.

To him, the Minority were only bragging around whilst they were aware they didn’t have the numbers to make those emphatic claims of objecting the nominees when the approval was put to vote.

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Making an Akan statement in Twi to buttress his assertion, Joe Wise said “many of us use our mouths to clear thorns, so we are not hurt by them” meaning they speak without actions and subsequently don’t feel the heat embedded in the actual work.

The approval of the six nominated ministers in Parliament Friday has raised a lot of issues within the Minority after assuring the state to kick against their affirmation.

The Minority, together with the NDC, promised to object to the nominations as a means to register their displeasure with the President’s adamance in cutting the bloated government to size.

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They said they were going to capitalise on the nomination to get the President listen to them, a call many Ghanaians and Civil Society Organisations applauded.

However, the turn of events after the polls Friday, March 24, 2023, was different from what was envisaged by many who thought the Minority would stay through to their words.

An average of 30 MPs from the Minority caucus crossed the floor to get all the nominees affirmed, sparking series of speculations afterwards.

Former President of the Republic and flagbearer hopeful of the NDC, John Dramani Mahama, says he is disappointed that some of the MPs casted their ballot on personal and parochial interest instead prioritising the interest of the state.

To Kweku Ricketts-Hagan of Cape Coast South, people voted out of greed, affiliations and sabotage.

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North Tongu’s Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa likened the outcome not just to treachery, but the worst form of it.

By Felix Anim-Appau|